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Title Diamonds : an early history of the king of gems / Jack Ogden.
Author Ogden, Jack, author.
Publication New Haven ; London : Yale University Press, [2018]
Copyright date ©2018
Description xii, 388 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm
Call # 736.23 O
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary A lavishly illustrated, in-depth early history covering two thousand years of diamond jewelry and commerce, from the Indian mines to European merchants, courts, and workshops This richly illustrated history of diamonds illuminates myriad facets of the "king of gems," including a cast of larger-than-life characters such as Alexander the Great, the Mughal Emperor Jahangir, and East India Company adventurers. It's an in-depth study tracing the story of diamonds from their early mining and trade more than two thousand years ago to the 1700s, when Brazil displaced India as the world's primary diamond supplier. Jack Ogden, a historian and gemologist specializing in ancient gems and jewelry, describes the early history of diamond jewelry, the development of diamond cutting, and how diamonds were assessed and valued. The book includes more than one hundred captivating illustrations, from historic diamond-set jewelry, some previously unpublished, to photomicrographs of individual gems, medieval manuscript illustrations, and Indian miniatures, as well as diagrams depicting historical methods of cutting and polishing diamonds.
Subject Diamond jewelry -- History.
Diamonds -- History.
Diamond mines and mining -- History.
Diamond jewelry. (OCoLC)fst00892561
Diamond mines and mining. (OCoLC)fst00892566
Diamonds. (OCoLC)fst00892595
Genre History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
ISBN 9780300215663 (cloth ; alkaline paper)
0300215665 (cloth ; alkaline paper)

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